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Cantonese endangered?

14 June 2012

Could Cantonese (yue-can) be endangered?

Surely not yet, but Michelle da Silva makes a case for its rapid decline in “Is Cantonese an endangered language?

Long the most common Chinese language heard in the Americas and Hong Kong, liberalization of emigration in China led to large numbers of Mandarin speakers moving to Hong Kong and abroad. Cantonese continues to be spoken as the lingua franca of Guǎngdōng Province, but with the focus on Mandarin in the education system, Cantonese may have reached a tipping point.